Red Cross opens shelter, distributes clean-up kits following floods

Severe storms in Wake and Durham Counties caused flash floods that forced several families out of their homes.IMG_3047

The Red Cross opened a shelter on July 17, at Hillside High School, 3727 Fayetteville Rd., Durham, to assist families with lodging and food. The shelter remained open until July 20.

To date, the Red Cross is working with 86 families affected by the storm. We are grateful to our community partners, including Catholic Charities, Islamic Relief USA, Sodexo, North Carolina Central University, and Durham County Emergency Management, for providing transportation, food and shelter maintenance during relief efforts.

“Storm recovery is a group effort. The Red Cross will continue to work alongside community partners, law enforcement, and volunteers to make sure residents affected by the storm are cared for,” said Barry Porter, regional chief executive of the Red Cross in Eastern North Carolina. “We will be on the scene until all needs are met.”

Clean-up kits, that include bleach, face masks, brooms, mops and other cleaning supplies, are still available to residents affected by the storm. Those in need of clean-up kits can contact the Red Cross of Central North Carolina at 919-489-6541.

How can you help? Every day in Eastern North Carolina, about five families are displaced by a disaster, whether it be a home fire, or flood. Make a contribution – big or small – so the Red Cross can continue to lend a hand to every family affected by a disaster: Or, volunteer to help families on the scene of a disaster:

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.



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